The above link is to a March 4 Wall Street Journal article.
Families have become a larger share of the nation’s homeless population, growing 1.4% from 2011 to 2012, after their numbers fell as the economy emerged from recession.
The numbers in New York, however, are starker, according to a report to be published Tuesday by the Coalition for the Homeless, a New York advocacy group, citing New York City government figures.
More than 21,000 children—an unprecedented 1% of the city’s youth—slept each night in a city shelter in January, an increase of 22% in the past year, the report said, while homeless families now spend more than a year in a shelter, on average, for the first time since 1987. In January, an average of 11,984 homeless families slept in shelters each night, a rise of 18% from a year earlier.
“New York is facing a homeless crisis worse than any time since the Great Depression,” said Mary Brosnahan, president of the Coalition for the Homeless.
- New York’s Homelessness Worst Since The Great Depression (zerohedge.com)
- NYC Smashes Homelessness Record (breitbart.com)
- The Right to Shelter and Proven Solutions to the Problem of Homelessness | Coalition for the Homeless (donnareevesblog.wordpress.com)